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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thursday - the cucumber - the answer to everything?


1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5 Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6.. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

I tell you what - I didn't know all that - did you?


Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.
- G.K. Chesterton

And last but not least - something else to think about -

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
- Will Rogers


Linda O'Connell said...

a dozen cucumbers couldn't erase my cellulite. Now I think I'll go a buy a few.

Life is good! said...

it just doesn't sound as refreshing as popping open a cold can of diet coke. peel a cucumber and munch while reading a good book or drinking a soda(caffinated of course) and read the afternoon away! i'm afraid the cuke won't win that one!

Changes in the wind said...

Amazing cucumbers...who would know and they taste pretty good too. I have a parrot and believe me he is safe to sell, only says my husbands name and hello very loud:)

Pat MacKenzie said...

I love cucumbers and now I know why. Great information.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

That was fun info and I do love cucumbers!

Jane said...

Love cucumbers! Hope that you are well,


Marydon said...

G'morn CC~ I had just received this info from SIL recently ... quite fascinating they can do so much ... altho I prefer to eat them.

Have a great day ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, MArydon

Doris Sturm said...

Wow, I am amazed and totally surprised, out of all the veggies I love, cucumber is on the top of my "must have them" list...I never knew it's so versatile and healthy. I basically thought it's just water and some fiber, not much too it, but I was wrong! Glad to read it.

My Oma (Granny) in Germany fixed a lot of cucumber salads as we grew them in our garden and she always put the peels all over her face whilst preparing the meal... I thought it looked silly, but she told me it's good for hydrating the skin and she did have very nice skin.

Thanks for that enlightening post.

Susan said...

Oh, Sandie. I didn't know all that! Your post is as cool as a, well,cucumber!

Loved the little angel, too, and the Will Rogers quote is super. Great job! Susan

Terra said...

Hey, these are fun cucumber tips.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

I really don't think the cucumbers would work on my cellulite! But I like the idea of eating some cucumber instead of something junky!

Great list!

Joyce said...

Off to scrub my kitchen sink with a cucumber and then work on my cellulite:-)

Melanie said...

That is really neat. I didn't know all that! :)

Mevely317 said...

Of late, my 12 y/o granddaughter isn't much interested in eating anything except tomatos and, you guessed it, cucumbers. Maybe she's onto something!
Wrinkle relaxer?!? - Eureka!!!

Stella said...

What a lot of good info. I especially won't to try the cukes and pie tin in my garden

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I did not know all those tips!
Thanks for sharing,,,
I again loved your quote of the week,
Joey Tolbert

Debbie said...

And they're delicious too!!
And it failed to mention that they age into delicious pickles!

I never knew about 90% of those things!!! This was so interesting, and I'm saving it.

The only one that cracked me up was as a substition for a breath mint after a business lunch.

The way it read was funny to me. As if we wouldn't have a mint while we were sitting there in our business suits with clients, but a cucumber? Well, we'll just pull that sucker right out of the suit coat pocket, slice it up at the table, and stick it in the roof of the mouth.

And we'll offer it to our business associates. "Care for a cucumber?"


Anyway, just my brain this morning. I loved these!